Heading 1: Spoil Dad with Sweet Treats: Father’s Day Afternoon Tea Ideas
Father’s Day is a special day that celebrates and honors fathers and father figures in many countries around the world. It’s a day where we appreciate the hard work and dedication that fathers give to their families. What better way to show dad how much you care than by treating him to a beautiful afternoon tea?
Afternoon tea is a lovely way to spend your time with family, friends, or loved ones. It’s a quintessentially British tradition that has become popular worldwide. Many tea rooms, hotels, and cafés now offer afternoon tea along with their regular menu. You can treat your dad to some sweet treats and delicious tea this Father’s Day, and make your afternoon tea extra special.
Here are some ideas to inspire your Father’s Day afternoon tea.
Heading 2: Classic scones with jam and clotted cream
A classic scone is a must for a traditional afternoon tea, and nothing beats homemade scones with jam and clotted cream. You can make plain scones or add some fruit such as raisins, cranberries, or blueberries. Serve them warm with your dad’s favorite jam (strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, etc.) and some thick clotted cream.
Scones are easy to make at home, and you can find many recipes online. You’ll need flour, sugar, butter, milk, baking powder, and salt. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, then rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add the milk and bring the dough together. Roll out the dough and cut out the scones. Bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes until they’re golden brown. Serve with your dad’s favorite tea, and he’ll love it.
Heading 2: Miniature sandwiches
Sandwiches are a staple of any afternoon tea menu, and you can make them in different varieties to suit your dad’s taste. You can make miniature sandwiches using bread, wraps, or even croissants. Fillings can include cheese, ham, tomato, cucumber, smoked salmon, cream cheese, chicken, or egg salad.
To make cucumber sandwiches, you’ll need some thinly sliced cucumber, bread, and butter. Cut the crusts off the bread and butter each slice. Add a layer of cucumber to one slice, season with salt and pepper, and add the other slice on top. Cut the sandwich into small squares or rectangles.
For salmon sandwiches, you’ll need smoked salmon, cream cheese, and bread. Mix the cream cheese with some dill, lemon juice, and black pepper. Spread the mixture on one slice of bread, add some salmon on top, and cover with another slice of bread. Cut the sandwich into small triangles.
Heading 2: Miniature quiches
Miniature quiches are perfect bite-sized snacks that are easy to make at home. You can use a muffin tin to make individual quiches or a tart tin to make a larger one. Fillings can include bacon, cheese, mushrooms, spinach, onions, and more.
To make bacon and cheese quiches, you’ll need some pastry (shortcrust or puff), bacon, cheese, eggs, cream, and seasonings. Roll out the pastry and cut out circles to fit your muffin tin. Fry the bacon until crispy and chop into small pieces. Fill the pastry cases with bacon and cheese, then mix the eggs, cream, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Pour the mixture over the bacon and cheese and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.
Heading 2: Chocolate brownies
Chocolate brownies are a classic sweet treat that everyone loves. They’re easy to make and can be decorated with toppings such as nuts, chocolate chips, or fruit. You can make them in advance and serve them cold or warm them up in the oven before serving.
To make chocolate brownies, you’ll need chocolate, butter, sugar, flour, eggs, and vanilla extract. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Add the sugar, flour, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix well. Pour the mixture into a greased baking tin and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. Once cooled, cut the brownies into small squares and decorate with your dad’s favorite toppings.
Heading 2: Cupcakes
Cupcakes are another classic sweet treat that you can make for your dad’s afternoon tea. They’re easy to make and can be decorated in different styles and flavors. You can make plain cupcakes or add some fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips.
To make chocolate cupcakes, you’ll need flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour the batter into muffin cases and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. Once cooled, decorate the cupcakes with buttercream frosting and your dad’s favorite toppings.
Heading 2: Fruit tartlets
Fruit tartlets are a refreshing and light dessert that’s perfect for summer. You can make them with a shortcrust pastry base and fill them with sweet cream or custard and top with fresh fruit.
To make fruit tartlets, you’ll need some pastry, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, etc.) Roll out the pastry and cut out circles to fit your tartlet tin. Chill the pastry in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Bake the pastry cases in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Once cooled, mix the cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Fill the pastry cases with the cream mixture and top with fresh fruit.
In conclusion, treating your dad to an afternoon tea this Father’s Day is a fantastic way to show him how much you appreciate him. You don’t need to be a master baker to make some delicious sweet treats that your dad will love. Choose your dad’s favorite tea, set the table with a beautiful teapot, cups, and saucers, and enjoy your afternoon tea together. You can also add some savory snacks and finger sandwiches to your menu to make it more substantial. Don’t forget to take some photos and make some unforgettable memories on this special day.